British monster off the hook in Maddie case

5 July 2009
Daily Star
Jonathan Corke
Dying Hewlett is ruled out by detectives

Child sex beast Raymond Hewlett has been ruled out as a suspect in the Madeleine McCann case. But we can reveal investigators working for Maddie's parents are still looking at other British sex offenders. Top of the list is a paedophile who was living on the Algarve around the time she disappeared. Others were staying near the Praia da Luz resort she vanished from. A "local" Portuguese man is also being considered. A source said: "There were still a number of names put forward that are being looked at."

Hewlett, 64, was staying at a campsite about one hour's drive from Praia da Luz around the time three-year old Maddie vanished. There have also been claims he owned a white van similar to one seen near the apartment she was snatched from on May 3, 2007. But private detectives Dave Edgar and Arthur Cowley found no evidence linking her to the convicted sex attacker, who is dying from cancer in Germany.

A source said: "There are other individuals of interest and all that can be done will be to rule them in or out." Meanwhile, Portugal's Attorney General has said he has been given no new information to warrant re-opening the case. Authorities in the country shelved the files on missing Maddie last year.

Kate and Gerry McCann's budget for the private investigation into Maddie's disappearance is running out but they are planning a new summer campaign. The couple, both 41, from Rothley, Leics, believe she's alive. A friend said: "Until they have evidence otherwise they will never stop believing or trying to find her."

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